Jeck We Can

Concept

Jankowski was invited by the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf to make a performance. By chance, carnival was taking place at the same time, for which the city is famous. Jankowski resolved to organize his own carnival. Although everything is already topsyturvy during the festivities, Jankowski turned the whole thing on it’s head once again: Jeck (meaning >>carnival reveler<<), we can … be ourselves! We don’t need costume at all. He brought foolish antics out of the colorful, decorated festival halls and into the collection – the steril, white cube. The triumvirate – consisting of the prince, the peasant, and the maiden – marched with the carnival guard, everybody uncostumed, in their everyday clothes, into the exhibition space. The marching band played. The Funkenmariechen (female dancers, traditional figures in the carnival) kicked their legs, and the all-male ballet danced. Last but not least, the guests sat arm in arm, swaying, on the beer benches. Jankowski’s carnival had become a performance, and the performance had become a carnival. The meta-carnival brought their similarities to light.

Performance

Video

17 c-prints, variable dimensions